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International Student and Scholar Advisor

Colorado State University
Job Location:
Fort Collins, Colorado
International Programs and Services
Position Location
Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position: No

Posting Number: 202100571AP

Position Type: Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title
Prof/Indiv Contrib II

Number of Vacancies: 1

Work Hours/Week: 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU's Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas.

Desired Start Date

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Description of Work Unit

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is part of the Office of International Programs (OIP) at Colorado State University and fosters the education and development of over 2,000 international students, scholars, and faculty from over 100 countries to enable them to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals and objectives. ISSS staff provide advice, counseling and advocacy on immigration, cultural, financial, academic, and personal concerns and make appropriate referrals when necessary. Immigration services include immigration documentation and advising to nonimmigrant visa-bearers at Colorado State University, as well as permanent residency processing for individuals in positions of permanent employment with the University. ISSS also supports a campus environment conducive to international education and intercultural awareness via educational, social, and cross-cultural programs for students, faculty, staff, and the community.

PLACE (Programs for Learning Academic and Community English) provides quality English language instruction and training in a safe and friendly academic environment. PLACE is a unit within the Office of International Programs and is comprised of three main activities: the Intensive English Program (IEP), Bridge Programs, and Customized Group Programs.

Colorado State University is a premier public research university established as the land-grant institution for the State of Colorado in 1870. CSU is committed to excellence, setting the standard for public research universities in education, research, and outreach for the benefit of the citizens of Colorado, the United States, and the world. The campus culture is driven by a desire always to do better and a vision to be the best place to learn, work, and discover.

Colorado State's principles of community - inclusion, integrity, respect, service, and social justice - reflect our core values and support CSU's mission and vision of access, research, teaching, service, and engagement. Each member of our community has a responsibility to uphold these principles when engaging with one another and acting on behalf of the University.

CSU is recognized in national rankings and is the school of choice for Colorado students, with a longstanding legacy of attracting the best and brightest nationally and internationally. The University has eight colleges and resident student enrollment is approximately 33,000. With 2,000+ international students and scholars representing more than 100 countries, the campus continues to adopt an international worldview. When these students arrive, they're not alone; more than 20 percent of tenure-track faculty are international.

CSU is located in the city of Fort Collins, a dynamic community with a population of over 160,000. Situated 65 miles north of Denver at the western edge of the Great Plains and at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is a gateway to world-class skiing, hiking, fishing, climbing, and biking, and has an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. Colorado has earned a worldwide reputation as an area that offers an unparalleled lifestyle, and Fort Collins represents the very best of Colorado.

Position Summary

The ISSS Advisor is a full-time administrative professional and reports to the Assistant Director for International Student Services. The position supports international students and scholars in achieving their academic, professional, and personal goals and objectives at CSU. The ISSS advisor is well-versed in F-1 and J-1 immigration regulations as well as University policies, procedures, and support systems in order to provide excellent services, advice, counseling, advocacy, and referrals related to immigration, cultural, financial, academic, and personal concerns. The ISSS advisor also serves on committees and supports a variety of office programs and activities.

Required Job Qualifications
  1. Bachelor's degree
  2. Two years of professional experience in international education, intercultural relations, student advising, counseling, overseas development work or related fields
  3. Ability to interpret government regulatory language
  4. Strong written, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with individuals and cultures
  5. U.S. citizen or permanent resident status in order to serve as a Designated School Official for F-1 visa purposes and as an Alternate Responsible Officer for the Exchange Visitor Program.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  1. Strong commitment to the principles of diversity, inclusion and equal access
  2. Demonstrated experience and training with federal immigration rules applying to F-1 and J-1 students and scholars
  3. Ability to think analytically and creatively
  4. Ability to communicate with students in one or more languages in addition to English
  5. Experience living, working or studying outside of the United States
  6. Strong computer skills, with experience in database applications
  7. Experience or training in intercultural relations and adjustment
  8. Experience with university academic and administrative policies and procedures
  9. Capable of handling confidential matters with discretion and maintaining scrupulous attention to detail.
Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Job Duty Category: Student Advising

  • Advise international students on a variety of immigration matters, including maintaining legal immigration status, navigating the CSU system to maximize their university experience, document processing, and cross cultural adjustment.
  • This requires thorough knowledge of federal immigration regulations, statutes, and operating procedures of various government agencies including the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security.
Percentage Of Time: 30%

Job Duty Category: Immigration Responsibilities

  • Serve as a Designated School Official for the F-1 student program of the Department of Homeland Security and Alternate Responsible Officer for the Department of State J-1 visa program; evaluate financial documentation and issue immigration documents for international students.
  • Stay up-to-date and fluent in immigration regulations.
  • Maintain relevant records, reports, and statistics of foreign nationals working and studying at the University.
Percentage Of Time: 40%

Job Duty Category: Programming

  • Contribute ideas and support on programming and activities that will help create a sense of belonging for international students at CSU.
  • Partner with the ISSS Programming Team in the planning and implementation of New International Student Orientation sessions and activities.
  • Help the ISSS Programming Team and the Fort Collins International Center in carrying out events such as the Friday Afternoon Club, Weekend in the Mountains, excursions, outdoor activities, game nights, etc.
  • Collaborate with the CSU Career Center in facilitating the International Student Career Week.
  • Assist the ISSS Retention Team with evolving and ongoing efforts to improve international student retention through outreach, support, and activities.
Percentage Of Time: 20%

Job Duty Category: Outreach

  • Provide outreach to the campus community via collaboration, trainings, and distribution of relevant information so they are better able to partner with our office in supporting international students.
  • Serve as a liaison between Colorado State University, government agencies, agents and sponsors, students, and the local community.
  • Represent the University, as appropriate, at conferences, symposia, and working groups devoted to international student and scholar issues.
Percentage Of Time: 10%

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please upload a cover letter and resume which address both the required and preferred qualifications. Be sure to include dates (month and year) for relevant experience, including international experience. Please also submit the names and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact
Melaura Munn,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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